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English Literature A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

Candidates will study a range of genres and text types throughout their time on the course, a Shakespearean play, a modern play, prose texts and a variety of poetry. The course aims to develop analytical, critical and evaluative skills through the study of a range of unseen texts. We will also look at the critical opinions of others on the texts and use media to inform our interpretations. When possible, students are offered theatre
trips to see studied texts performed. In addition to this you will be given the opportunity to write a critical piece on a work of literature that you have enjoyed and/or turn that piece into a different form altogether through the re-creative process in the coursework component of the course.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least a grade C in English Literature and English Language.


English Literature is 100% exam at the end of a first year stand alone AS. There are two exams – one open book and one closed book. Timed practise essays are completed throughout the course as well as mock exams. At A2 the course is 80% exam based and 20% non-examined. This non-examined component focuses on post 1900 literature and you will be required to write either a critical piece or re-creative, together with a commentary. The examination builds on the same texts you will have studied at AS so careful revision is needed.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Copleston High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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